The Secrets Within: Signs & Symbols of the Renaissance

Friday 13 October | 6.45pm - 8pm | National Gallery

Renaissance art is studded with layers and layers of symbolic meaning.  A whole pictorial language of signs and symbols revealed instructive political, religious and philosophical messages that were well understood in the 14th – 16th centuries. Peacocks, anchors, snakes, mirrors, water, candles, lions and thousands of other seemingly every-day objects held the key to a deeper level of understanding for the viewer. But today, these messages can be lost and the full joy of “reading” a Renaissance painting is often not realised. Join Art History UK guide Richard Stemp – author of “The Secret Language of the Renaissance: Hidden Symbolism of Italian Art” – on a fascinating journey to unravel and reveal the complex and rewarding mysteries of Renaissance Art. 

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